AFTER I TUNED INTO the Chevron World Challenge on Sunday afternoon, one thing was obvious. I’m rusty. I haven’t watched golf in weeks. Except for the enjoyment of seeing sunshine and people in shirt sleeves, I had a hard time getting into it.
The players were rusty, too. I saw a lot of funny-looking shots. Vijay Singh won with a birdie on the final hole.
Perhaps my golf-viewing rustiness allowed me to take greater notice of what Tiger Woods said in a clip about his state-of-the-art learning center in Anaheim, California. “This is more important than anything I’ll ever do in golf.” (Or something pretty close to that.)
When you think about all that Tiger Woods has accomplished in golf, that’s quite a statement. Is it just PR, the right thing to say? I think Tiger means every word of it.
Later I clicked over to the Tiger Woods Foundation. On the home page, there are five youth who tell about themselves and what they want to do in life. If you look around the site, you’ll find free resources for teachers and youth, including Tiger’s Action Plan. (That’s so Tiger.)
The foundation has helped millions of kids. It will help millions more. So Tiger is right. It is more important. Whether or not Tiger’s your favorite golfer, he’s an exceptional person who is helping young people reach their potential. That beats anything he can do on a golf course.
Another cool thing. None of us can play golf like Tiger, but we can emulate him off the course. Do something − anything − to help youth. You absolutely cannot go wrong with that investment, in any economy.
−The Armchair Golfer